Tensegrity Spline Beam and Grid Shell Structures


Adriaenssens, S. M. and Barnes, M. R., 2001. Tensegrity Spline Beam and Grid Shell Structures. Engineering Structures, 23 (1), pp. 29-36.

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This paper considers a class of tensegrity structures with continuous tubular compression booms forming curved splines, which may be deployed from straight by prestressing a cable bracing system. A free-form arch structure for the support of prestressed membranes is reviewed and the concepts are extended to a two-way spanning system for double layer grid shell structures. A numerical analysis based on the Dynamic Relaxation (DR) method is developed which caters specifically for the form-finding and load analysis of this type of structure.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsAdriaenssens, S. M.and Barnes, M. R.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
ID Code795


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